In 2015, a new body of work was presented in Degree of Tilt, a two-venue exhibition at two notable New York galleries, 11 Rivington and Van Doren Waxter. Inspired by Cy Twombly's 2005 Bacchus series, Saccoccio includes the directional lines of transferred paint that bridge and overwhelm the vertiginous orbs. Metaphorically, her pieces serve as conceptual containers of overlapping influences that are embedded in the layers. The ill-fated couples Narissus and Echo, and Cop 663 and Faye from Wong Kar-Wai's film Chungking Express converge with palettes of Marilyn Minter, Mondrian, and Lisa Yuskavage. Referring to the ancient Roman drainage system, Saccoccio conceives the totality of her paintings as a Cloaca Maxima: a repository where paint and ideas flow and pool.
Born Providence, Rhode Island, in 1963, Saccoccio received an MFA in painting and drawing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a BFA in painting from the Rhode Island School of Design. Saccoccio has taught at Brooklyn College, Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, Princeton University, and RISD.
She has exhibited her large-scale abstract paintings and wall drawings throughout the United States and Europe, including Corbett vs. Dempsey in Chicago; the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art in Overland Park, Kansas; the Rhona Hoffman Gallery in Chicago; The Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts; and Saatchi Gallery in London. Her first solo museum exhibition in Europe was curated by Ilaria Bonacossa at the Museo d'Arte Contemporanea di Villa Croce in Genoa, Italy.
Saccoccio is the recipient of numerous awards and grants, including the Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome in 2005, a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation fellowship, a Fulbright grant to Italy in 1990, a 2004 residency in Giverny, France, from The Claude Monet Foundation, and the 2015 Artadia NADA Award. Her work has been reviewed in Art in America, The Boston Globe, Frankfurter Rundschau, Gay City News, The New York Sun, The New York Times, The New Yorker, TimeOut, and The Village Voice.
“It is an honor to be named the first recipient of the Brooke and Hap Stein Emerging Artist Prize, as it is an award which reflects the vision of the curatorial team at MOCA Jacksonville with a long-term commitment to emerging voices,” Saccoccio said.